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I’m all for making life easier. At the end of the day, a sink full of dirty dishes and pans just isn’t relaxing. We’ve been obsessed with healthy one pan dinners lately. Less dishes, more nutrition. I call that a win-win.
Our healthy one pan dinner (yes, you read that correctly – only one pan) is a perfect dinner for weeknight meals and is an absolute dream. It’s an easy sheet pan dinner full of nutritious fresh vegetables and lean protein.
This one pan meal has so much flavor, and is the perfect thing for fuss free dinners on busy weeknights. With minimal clean up, it’s the perfect meal prepping recipe.
Did I mention that the entire family will love it? It’s perfect for serving because it comes from the same pan, yet your family can pick out which vegetables they love the most, and leave the ones they like the least behind.
When it comes to healthy one pan meals this one takes the cake, a healthy one pan sheet dinner means only one sheet pan or baking dish to clean up and a complete dinner recipe ready in a flash!
Where’s the Recipe?
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Because of this, we write our recipes with detailed instructions, recipe tips and tricks, healthy eating plan point information, and nutritional values. If you are looking for a more simplified directions, simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find our easy to print Healthy One Pan Dinner recipe.
Ingredients in Healthy One Pan Dinner
This sheet pan dinner can be used with any vegetables and meat you have in your refrigerator, which makes it so easy. I’ll tell you how we made ours, but know that this quick dinner idea can be changed or modified with whatever healthy dinner ingredients you have on hand.
- Fresh mushrooms: We love the complex flavor mushrooms deliver to this one sheet pan dinner. If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms, feel free to omit these and add another vegetable you might enjoy more.
- Bell Peppers: Bell peppers offer many nutritional benefits and are rich in antioxidants. I used green and orange in our sheet pan meal but you can use any color!
- Purple cauliflower: I love using purple cauliflower in recipes instead of white cauliflower. It provides all the flavors of cauliflower, but with a vibrant purple color in my meal.
- Onion: We prefer using a sweet onion in this recipe, however you can use any color onion you have on hand for this baking sheet meal.
- Zucchini: I love zucchini, but if you aren’t a fan, you can always swap it out with another green vegetable like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or green beans.
- Mini-potatoes: We love tiny fingerling potatoes. Look for a blend that has a combination of purple, yellow, and red potatoes. The colors of all potatoes will give a slightly different flavor and look vibrant and colorful on your baking sheet.
- Chicken sausage: We prefer using chicken sausage in this delicious recipe due to the fact that it is a leaner meat. We love finding chicken sausages that are seasoned with Italian, red pepper and garlic flavors. This is a lean protein with minimal effort and minimal cleanup. We usually try to keep chicken sausage in our dinner rotation. You could sub in chicken breast or chicken thighs for this recipe. Just note that the healthy eating plan points would need to be recalculated.
How to Make Healthy One Pan Dinner in the Oven
- Chop all of your veggies up small. Small is the key to even cooking, especially for the potatoes! Make sure all of the veggies are roughly the same size.
- Spray olive oil in the bottom of your baking dish and set your oven to 375º F.
- Check your veggies after 20 minutes, and every 5 minutes after that until they’re done. I used a fork to see how soft the potatoes and cauliflower were before pulling them out of the oven.
- For your sausage, you could add it to the baking dish if you’re cooking a smaller batch of vegetables. We were feeding four, so I cooked the sausage on the grill (which is our favorite, anyway).
- When the sausage was done, I added it to the top of the vegetables.
- If you are using meat that is already cooked you can choose to include it before or after the veggies go into the oven. Leftover rotisserie chicken is great in this healthy casserole recipe! This sheet pan chicken recipe is flexible.
- This is a great recipe for meal prep. It’s one of those one pan meals that you can meal prep ahead of time and portion out according to your container needs for the day. It’s a casserole version of those delicious sheet pan dinners that are all over the internet and Pinterest! When it comes to a healthy weeknight meal this one really does come together to the dinner table so easily.
- Our sheet pan meals are flexible and the perfect starting point for healthy dinner ideas. If you don’t have the same vegetables on hand, don’t worry. I take whatever veggies we have in the fridge and pair it up with whatever protein we have hanging around. It doesn’t matter if you are working with chicken breast or roasted chicken or the chicken sausage, it all comes together great!
- We love swapping out potatoes with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes add a little sweetness to the recipe. We also love rotating potatoes and sweet potatoes in our diet for the different nutritional benefits each offer.
- We think the flavor of the fresh vegetables and chicken sausage is enough, however if you prefer your one dish dinners to be more seasoned than this, feel free to a savory sauce, chili powder, or other fresh herbs and spices. Our recipe is without these changes, but if you do modify the original meal please note that your healthy eating plan points will need to be recalculated.
- You could serve this easy dinner with cooked rice or cauliflower rice. We usually serve it as is without the rice on the side. It’s quite filling without rice.
Healthy Eating Plan Points
21 Day Fix
For this particular recipe it could not be easier! Just fill up your containers with what you need to finish out the day. This healthy one pan dinner is easy to separate into your containers as you need. If you need to get in more greens and reds this recipe is perfect for you!
You can focus on what you need to finish the day easily because the ingredients are obvious…it’s one of my favorite things about this great recipe. When you are packing up the leftovers you can use your containers again, add what you need into meal prep containers for the next day or so and be all set with a healthy lunch option.
For Weight Watchers info you can actually check out this Weight Watchers healthy one pan dinner post for the same recipe! It provides Weight Watchers points, tips and tricks for modifying the recipe, and more.
There are so many great ways to make this healthy one pan dinner using whatever you have on hand. That’s no different for Weight Watchers. Some modifications will lower the points too so you can customize this recipe based on your points needs for the day!
30 Minute or Less Great Dinner Ideas
Good news! I have plenty of quick dinner recipes to share with you. Healthy dinner recipes don’t have to be time consuming. I keep these kinds of recipes on standby so that when I need a healthy option for the whole family I can pull these out and have a winner on the table in 30 minutes or less. Here are some of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes right now:
- Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
- Southwest Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Chicken Cheesesteak Pasta
- Cauliflower Taco Bowl
- Healthy Hamburger Helper
Healthy One Pan Dinner
- Cutting Board
- Kitchen Knife
- Baking Dish
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms
- 2 peppers I used one green and one orange
- 1/2 head of purple cauliflower
- 1/2 onion
- 1 zucchini
- 5 mini-potatoes: purple yellow, and red
- 2 packages of chicken sausage: Italian and red pepper and garlic
- Chop all of your veggies up small. Small is the key to even cooking, especially for the potatoes! Spray olive oil in the bottom of your baking dish and set your oven to 375*. Check your veggies after 20 minutes, and every 5 minutes after that until they're done. I used a fork to see how soft the potatoes and cauliflower were before pulling them out of the oven. 1 cup fresh mushrooms, 2 peppers, 1/2 head of purple cauliflower, 1/2 onion, 1 zucchini, 5 mini-potatoes: purple
- For your sausage, you could add it to the baking dish if you're cooking a smaller batch of vegetables. We were feeding four, so I cooked the sausage on the grill (which is our favorite, anyway). When the sausage was done, I added it to the top of the vegetables. 2 packages of chicken sausage: Italian and red pepper and garlic